With The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword just a few days away, we wanted to take a look at all of the known improvements that Nintendo will be making to the game. Originally released on the Nintendo Wii, Skyward Sword has aged a bit and motion controls are not as popular as they once were. So what steps is Nintendo taking to breathe life into this new Skyward Sword HD remaster?
An Option For Button-Only Controls
The biggest change to this title comes in the form of button-only controls. While you’ll still be able to use the motion controls if you want to, they have added the option to just use button controls. This will allow players to play the game in handheld mode, or without motion controls if they choose to. Players who choose to use the motion controls will experience improved mechanics with the Joy-Con controllers, allowing for smoother controls.
New Amiibo And New Fast Travel System
Skyward Sword HD will feature an improved fast-travel system. However, it will attached to an amiibo. A new amiibo was announced alongside the game that features Zelda and Loftwing. The amiibo itself will allow Link to fast travel between land and sky anywhere. It will also give him the ability to leave buildings and dungeons at any time.
It is not uncommon for Nintendo to attach in-game perks to their amiibo, but amiibo are notoriously hard to acquire on release date and then almost never seem the get restocked. To lock such a useful feature behind an amiibo that could just get picked up by scalpers can be frustrating for player who just want to utilize that ability in game.
General Improvements And Info
Much like any re-release of a game, Skyward Sword HD will feature general improvements in performance, graphics, and stability. Player tutorials have been fine-tuned as well, making it a bit easier for players to get used to whichever control layout they choose.
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD comes out on July 16th along with its amiibo and special Joy-Con controllers. The game will be a great way for longtime fans to revisit title, or new fans to experience it for the first time.
Skyward Sword is the first game chronically in the franchise’s timeline, making it a good starting point for newcomers. It sets up the majority of the story for the series and provides explanations for many of the franchise’s reoccurring elements like the Master Sword and Triforce. Will you be picking up this new Skyward Sword HD remaster or will you stick to the original?
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